Stateless in South Africa

Love Mathobela was born in South Africa and has lived most of her life here, but she is not yet recognised as a citizen.

Tariro Washinyira

17 October 2012

Dance teacher who raped students faces the music

Lulamile Gagu was found guilty on twelve counts of rape at the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on 10 October. He will be sentenced on 29 October.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

17 October 2012

Poor versus business in Somerset West

A soup kitchen serving poor people in Somerset West struggles to stay open following pressure for it to relocate from the ward councillor and a business woman.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

17 October 2012

Khayelitsha’s homeless children

Baphumelele Children's Home is a home for children who are orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected. It is located in Khayelitsha's Site B, Z section.

Nokubonga Yawa

17 October 2012

Cape Town artists struggle to penetrate the market - an interview with Mxizo

The Western Cape has many talented artists. But often they struggle to make a living doing what they love. A talented artist who is determined to make it is Mxolisi Moyi a local Afro soul artist that hails from the township of Nyanga East infamously known for its high level of crime.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

17 October 2012

Western Cape Education Department finalises school closures

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has announced a customised draft plan for each school recommended for closure.

GroundUp staff

17 October 2012

“Show coach you want to be in the first eleven but have patience”

GroundUp spoke to Niven Scott, a 20-year old central midfielder for Junction Rovers, a promising team in the SAB League.

Margo Fortune

17 October 2012

Why is the Public Investment Corporation bankrolling private education for the rich?

Next month young activists will attempt to make Bhisho the centre of the world. Members of Equal Education (EE) will be present throughout the duration of a court case aimed at securing infrastructure standards for every school in South Africa.

Doron Isaacs

17 October 2012

Understanding the Simelane judgment

The Constitutional Court is proving that there is life after Chaskalson, Langa, O’Regan and Ngcobo. Many feared that new Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng would usher in an era of slavish Executive-mindedness – and that may still come true – but recent judgments of the Court are quite the opposite.

Doron Isaacs

10 October 2012

The immense danger and opportunity of climate change

There’s an astonishing blind spot that afflicts most of South Africa’s elites and intelligentsia, and indeed, our civilisation. It’s particularly tragic that South Africa, which suffered nearly 10 years of HIV denialism, should now also be afflicted by climate change denial.

David Le Page

10 October 2012

Khayelitsha’s first coffee shop soldiers on

It has been three months since three young guys from Khayelitsha opened the first coffee shop in the township. Since then it has only got better.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

10 October 2012

Tougher times ahead as tensions ratchet up in Europe

In a world wracked by ongoing economic crises, what is the role of trade unions? And if they focus
solely on “bread and butter issues”, are they, as National Union of Mineworkers spokesman Lesiba
Seshoka says, doomed to fail because “broader policies are shaped at a political level”.

Terry Bell

10 October 2012

Husband accused of abuse ends up in hospital

A husband accused of abuse is fighting for his life in the intensive care unit of Eben Donges Hospital in Worcester. His wife alleges he sustained injuries when he intentionally burnt down her shack and property worth R10,000 a fortnight ago.

Tariro Washinyira

10 October 2012

Protesters demand that schools stay open

Approximately a thousand people marched to the Provincial Legislature building on Friday 5 October, which was also International Teachers Day, in protest against the closure of 27 schools in the Western Cape by MEC for Education, Donald Grant.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

10 October 2012

The mining industry strike wave: what are the causes and what are the solutions?

In this important paper, Gavin Hartford analyses the root causes of the mining industry strikes and proposes solutions.

Gavin Hartford

10 October 2012

“Work hard and you will succeed” - Rising Kaizer Chiefs star

GroundUp spoke to Kaizer Chiefs Junior's Steven Sibanyoni.

Margo Fortune

10 October 2012